Freud Museum London

 "Why war?" The correspondence between Einstein and Freud


On the anniversary of the onset of World War One, this exhibition revisits the little known correspondence between Einstein and Freud on the subject of war and the possibility of avoiding it. 

Themes of propaganda, disillusionment, the 'pleasure of war' and the psychological aspects of conflict are explored, not only through Freud’s writings, but also through contemporary art and poetry. The exhibition also reflects on the Freud family’s experience of war, when three sons served on the front line, while the family waited anxiously for them, enduring considerable hardship at home. Politicians, journalists and academics will be giving their thoughts and visitors too will have the opportunity to add their answers to Einstein’s enduring question: ‘Is there any way of delivering mankind from the menace of war?’

Exhibiting Artists: Alke Schmidt, Fabio Coruzzi, Frances Earnshaw, Gabrielle Rifkind, Jane McAdam Freud, Katia Salvany, Katja Rosenberg, Marcelle Hanselaar, Martin Adams, Melanie McKennell, Peter Rapp, Steve Edwards, Wuon-Gean Ho, Year 6 pupils from Griffin Primary School, Wandsworth

Contributors of written statements include Sebastian Faulks, Clare Short, Edgar Jones, Ben Griffin and others. Contributors of poems by members of the Young Poets' Network, sponsored by The Poetry Society. ("Why war?" - Until 19 October 2014, Freud Museum London)

(Text gathered by Redazione, published Sept. 20, 2014)

Category: Culture